+ Parish Schedule for the Week of February 24, 2019 +
Sunday, February 24[Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Sr. Maria Faustyna Scherman, MSSR
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am – Emilie Jacques – int. Anne Marie & Yves Jacques
Monday, February 25 :
8:00 am – Health & Blessings for Sr. Marie Veronica
(Poor Sisters of St. Clare)– int. Pelc Family
Tuesday, February 26 [St. Camillus and St. Peregrine Novena]:
5:30 pm – Matthew Jacques – int. Anne Marie & Yves Jacques
Wednesday, February 27[St. Jude Novena]:
5:30 pm – Problem Pregnancy Worcester staff, & all intentions
– int. Pelc Family
Thursday, February 28 :
5:30 pm – Aimee Jacques – int. Anne Marie & Yves Jacques
First Friday, March 1 :
5:30 pm – Grace & Blessings for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
First Saturday, March 2[St. Agnes of Prague]:
8:00 am – Grace & Blessings for Most Reverend Nazarene Soosai
– int. Betty Fritz
4:00 pm + Francis A. Krejmas – int. Fritz Family
6:00 pm (Spanish) – For our Parish and Parishioners
Sunday, March 3[Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time]:
8:00 am– Grace & Blessings for Lindsay & Michael Bibeau
– int. Ron & Monica Scherman
10:30 am + Living & Deceased Members of the St. Kazimierz Society
+ KRóLOWO POLSKI MóDL SIĘ ZA NAMITHE
SANCTUARY LAMP THIS WEEK, is lit for Jeffrey
&Jennifer Steinerat the request of Mom & Dad.
PLEASE NOTE that donations for the Sanctuary Lamp will
no longer be taken.Thank you for your understanding.
THE WEEKLY ST. JUDE NOVENA will be prayed at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, February 27th. This is a continuing Novena that may be begun at any time. All are welcome to come and pray for the intercession of St. Jude, the patron of desperate cases.
THE GENTLEMEN OF ST. JOSEPH will meet on Wednesday, February 27that 6:00 p.m. for a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a meeting in the undercroft. The Gentlemen of St. Joseph is a group of men dedicated to answering the call of Mary to lead families to her son, Jesus.
THE PRO-LIFE NOVENA will continue on Saturday, February 23rd before the 8:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome to pray in supplication for an end to the violence of abortion and in reparation for our lack of love which makes abortion acceptable in our nation.
THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY:The next Rosary meeting is Sunday March 3, 2019 after the 10:30 Mass. Circles 3 and 4 are hosting. I hope this is not too late for the bulletin. Could you please put it in the bulletin. Also on the weekend of March 9 and 10 the Rosary will sponsor a “To Go Meal” food sale at all of the Masses.
OUR LADY’S HOLY ICON will visit the home of Carol Kosteckifor a week of prayer and petition for the needs of our Parish. We thank you for this holy work of power and love.
YOU ARE INVITED to join other parishioners at the rectory for coffee and pastry every Sunday after 8:00 Mass. If you are waiting for a child who is in C.C.D., this is a great way to spend the hour! Or just stop in for a coffee “to go.” Please use the side door.
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PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASSES for ages 3 and 4 are offered on Sundays at the rectory from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Parents can enjoy the coffee hour while the children will enjoy each other’s company and learn about the Faith.
AN ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Please join us for a study and discussion of the great classic apologetics text Theology and Sanity. Classes are held on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the undercroft of Ste. Anne x (93 K Street – grey house across from the rectory). Classes begin September 17th. Books will be available for purchase and coffee and pastries will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Joseph Milano.
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Kathryn Putala, donations have been made to our parish Renovation Fund by Margorie Naida, William & Carol Kostecki, and Ashley & Shirley Webb. Bóg wam zapłać!
Did you know there is a local Catholic youth group? The St. John Paul II Youth Group serves the high school youth of the local Catholic community—all are welcome. Our monthly gatherings are on the 3rd Sunday of the month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with other activities throughout the month. To learn more about what God is doing in the life of the teens and for a more complete schedule, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Suzi & Ed Cottrill, 413-772-6062. “Love God, Love Others, Love Life.”
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD and in memory of Helen Adamski, donations have been made to our parish Renovation Fund by Beverly Milewski. Bóg zapłać!
PRAY FOR VOCATIONS to the Priesthood from our Parish and for our Parish so that we might always have a Priest here to celebrate the Mass and administer the Holy Sacraments! Please join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet to pray for vocations to the priesthood every Friday beginning at 4:45 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE that donations for the Sanctuary Lamp will no longer be taken. Thank you for your understanding.
Bl. Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943)
Layman and martyr
Franz Jägerstätter was born on 20 May 1907 in St. Radegund, Upper Austria, to his unmarried mother, Rosalia Huber, and to Franz Bachmeier, who was killed during World War I. After the death of his natural father, Rosalia married Heinrich Jägerstätter, who adopted Franz and gave the boy his surname of Jägerstätter in 1917.
Franz received a basic education in his village’s one-room schoolhouse. His step-grandfather helped with his education and the boy became an avid reader.
It seems Franz was unruly in his younger years; he was, in fact, the first in his village to own a motorcycle. However, he is better known as an ordinary and humble Catholic who did not draw attention to himself.
After his marriage to Franziska in 1936 and their honeymoon in Rome, Franz grew in his faith but was not extreme in his piety.
Besides his farm work Franz became the local sexton in 1936 and began receiving the Eucharist daily. He was known to refuse the customary offering for his services at funerals, preferring the spiritual and corporal works of mercy over any remuneration.
In the mid to late 1930s, while much of Austria was beginning to follow the tide of Nazism, Franz became ever more rooted in his Catholic faith and placed his complete trust in God.
While carrying out his duties as husband and bread-winner for his wife and three daughters, this ordinary man began thinking deeply about obedience to legitimate authority and obedience to God, about mortal life and eternal life and about Jesus’ suffering and Passion.
Franz was neither a revolutionary nor part of any resistance movement, but in 1938 he was the only local citizen to vote against the “Anschluss” (annexation of Austria by Germany), because his conscience prevailed over the path of least resistance.
Franz Jägerstätter was called up for military service and sworn in on 17 June 1940. Shortly thereafter, thanks to the intervention of his mayor, he was allowed to return to the farm. Later, he was in active service from October 1940 to April 1941, until the mayor’s further intervention permitted his return home.
He became convinced that participation in the war was a serious sin and decided that any future call-up had to be met with his refusal to fight.
“It is very sad”, he wrote, “to hear again and again from Catholics that this war waged by Germany is perhaps not so unjust because it will wipe out Bolshevism…. But now a question: what are they fighting in this Country – Bolshevism or the Russian People?
“When our Catholic missionaries went to a pagan country to make them Christians, did they advance with machine guns and bombs in order to convert and improve them?… If adversaries wage war on another nation, they have usually invaded the country not to improve people or even perhaps to give them something, but usually to get something for themselves…. If we were merely fighting Bolshevism, these other things – minerals, oil wells or good farmland – would not be a factor”.
Jägerstätter was at peace with himself despite the alarm he could have experienced witnessing the masses’ capitulation to Hitler. Mesmerized by the National Socialist propaganda machine, many people knelt when Hitler made his entrance into Vienna. Catholic Churches were forced to fly the swastika flag and subjected to other abusive laws.
In February 1943 Franz was called up again for military service. He presented himself at the induction centre on 1 March 1943 and announced his refusal to fight, offering to carry out non-violent services: this was denied him.
He was held in custody at Linz in March and April, transferred to Berlin-Tegel in May and subject to trial on 6 July 1943 when he was condemned to death for sedition. The prison chaplain was struck by the man’s tranquil character. On being offered the New Testament, he replied: “I am completely bound in inner union with the Lord, and any reading would only interrupt my communication with my God”.
On 9 August, before being executed, Franz wrote: “If I must write… with my hands in chains, I find that much better than if my will were in chains. Neither prison nor chains nor sentence of death can rob a man of the Faith and his free will. God gives so much strength that it is possible to bear any suffering…. People worry about the obligations of conscience as they concern my wife and children.
But I cannot believe that, just because one has a wife and children, a man is free to offend God”.
Franz Jägerstätter, who would not bow his head to Hitler, bowed his head to God, and the guillotine took care of the rest. He was obviously called up to serve a higher order. http://www.vatican.va
NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th. A reminder will be out as we get closer. Blessings to all participants!! You are very much appreciated!
PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST: FILM & REFLECTION Please join us for an afternoon of film and reflection on Sunday, March 31st, at 3:00 pm at Pope Francis Preparatory School, 99 Wendover Rd., Springfield, Mass. Tickets are available for advanced purchase by calling 413-732-3175.
WALKIN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL:A Pilgrimage to Greece, Patmos and Ephesus: Oct. 11-21, 2019. Join us on a spiritual journey to many towns of the New Testament where St. Paul first spread the Good News. Also visit Patmos where St. John wrote Revelations and Mary’s House in Ephesus. Included is a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles. Fr. Timothy Campoli and Msgr. Ronald Yargeau are our Spiritual Directors. Daily Mass will take place. The cost is $4199 but if you register before January 31, 2019 you will receive a $200 Early Bird Discount. A bus to Logan will be arranged if there is interest. For a flyer and more information, please contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-824-8733 or email@example.com. View the website at http://www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.
VISIT http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/ for resources for child abuse prevention and reporting.
THE FOLLOWING MASS INTENTIONS have been sent to various Missionaries. They will be offered as follows and you may attend the Masses here in our church as the Missionaries offer the Masses in their churches:
Sunday, February 24:8:00 + Friends & Relatives – int. SMT
Sunday, February24: 10:30 +Victory Waryas (1st Anniv.)
– int. James & Jean Koldis
Monday, February25:+ Helen Adamski– int. Dorothy Kosewicz
Tuesday, February26:– Health & Blessings for Helen
– int. Dorothy Kosewicz
Wednesday, February27:+ Phyllis & Fred Meyer
– int. Laurie, Time, & TJ
Thursday, February28:+ Deceased members of the Richards
Killay Families – int. The Shaughnesseys
Friday, March1: + Deceased members of the Ferry & Shaughnessey Families – int. The Shaughnesseys
Saturday, March2: 8:00 + All Souls in Purgatory, especially those who have no one to pray for them – int. The Shaughnesseys
Saturday, February2: 4:00 – Health & Blessings for Fr.
O’Mannion – int. The Shaughnesseys
PLEASE NOTE: The above Masses not only assist the souls for whom they are offered, but they also help the Missionaries who often times receive very little help. It also helps the people where the Masses are offered. Bóg wam zapłać!
Alternatives Pregnancy Center – Pregnancy Tests, Counseling, Support Services, and Post Abortion Support, All Services Free and Confidential, 466 Main Street, P.O. Box 344, Greenfield, MA 01302-0344 — (413) 774-6010
Michael James Mette and Family in ConcertAll are welcome to join us for a concert with national performer Michael James Mette, Friday, March 15th, at St. Michael School in Brattleboro, VT, from 7-8:30PM. Michael Mette travels all over the country with his family spreading the Gospel through music and personal witness. The evening will be inspiring and we hope you will bring the whole family. There is no cost, though a good-will offering will be taken to defray the cost. Please register on the Diocesan website: www.vermontcatholic.org/ event/michael-mette-concert-event
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord,
Let Your Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
Theresa Czuj 2/24/1959
Aniela Noga 2/24/1971
Sigmund Duda 2/24/1982
Blondina Kuczek 2/24/1989
Theresa Galisa 2/24/1992
Kazimierz Noga 2/25/1970
Irene M. Skowron 2/25/2010
Anna Mirecki 2/25/18
Caroline Slowik 2/26/1936
Antonina Prochowicz 2/26/1939
Pauline Winskye 2/26/1975
Joseph Krysiak 2/27/1929
Anna Dlugosz 2/27/1936
Victoria Pietraszek 2/27/1947
Thomas M. Plodzien 2/27/1980
Antoni Jedorzejewski 2/28/1972
Jessie Kovalsick 2/28/2002
Joseph Kaminski 3/1/1966
Lawrence Kelleher 3/1/2002
Josephine M. Krol 3/1/2008
Joseph Skwarzec 3/2/1971
Josephine M Skrypek 3/2/1976
Francese M. Powers 3/2/2013
Mieczyslaw Dogzek 3/3/1927
Edward F. Bialecki 3/3/1986
Jennie V. Baranowski 3/3/1996
Stephanie M. Kaminski 3/3/
Harold J. McCormick, Jr. 3/3/1997
M. Ciesunski 3/3/1998
Remember the Holy Souls in Your Prayers
OFFICE OF VOCATIONS:“Love never fails.” Trust the love of God and follow your heart. (1 Corinthians 12:31-13:4-13) If you think God is calling you, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit our website: http://www.myvocation.com
PLEASE NOTE that every day of the month is set aside to pray for a specific priest or deacon of the Franklin County Deanery. Please join in dedicating every day to one of the clergymen designated in our calendar. The intentions for this week are:
- SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY
- Clergy in Purgatory Deacon Culliton Deacon DeCarlo Fr. DiMascola
- THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
- Clergy who are sick Clergy in Purgatory Fr. Campoli
THIS BULLETIN is sponsored by the St. Stanislaus and St. Kazimierz Societies.